State Dept: Clinton may be up for testifying on Benghazi, in the future

posted at 5:01 pm on December 17, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

The furor seems to have died down somewhat as the day of the fiscal-cliff  deadline draws closer, and since UN Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from the running for Hillary Clinton’s successor as secretary of State; but there are still questions about Benghazi that need answering for which Secretary Clinton and Barack Obama are liable. The deadly terrorist attacks on the consulate in Benghazi are still under Congressional investigation, but we’ve yet to hear any testimony from the head of the State Department.

The State Department has been rather waffly on whether or not Secretary Clinton will indeed testify on the attacks, although she was reportedly meant to testify at meetings this week — but the State Department is now saying that an illness and a fall she sustained last week mean she won’t be able to make it for the time being. Via The Hill:

Clinton was expected to testify at a hearing this Thursday but will be sending her two deputies, William Burns and Thomas Nides, after contracting a stomach virus and suffering a concussion during a fall last weekend. Thursday’s hearing will be preceded by a closed-door briefing of both committees on Wednesday.

“It was her intention to be there. If she had not been ill, she would be there. And she’s also committed, including in a letter today to the committee chairmen, that she looks forward to having an ongoing conversation with them herself,” Nuland said at her daily briefing Monday. “She has, including in a letter today to the two committees, made clear that she looks forward to continuing to engage them in January, and she will be open to whatever they consider appropriate in that regard.”

Might I ask why is this process dragging on so long? There is much too much dithering going on in the Obama administration for comfort, and the American people deserve answers — especially in light of the fact that al Qaeda is not as “decimated” as the picture Obama’s foreign policy team has been painting for us might suggest.

For most of its existence, AQIM had been confined to kidnapping Westerners traveling in the remote deserts of Algeria, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger and other criminal enterprises. Sources in the U.K. say it raised 50 million euros this way. This spring, after a military coup in Mali, AQIM found a partner in Ansar al Dine; together, they swept out government forces from the north of Mali, and now they control a vast Saharan stronghold the size of Texas. AQIM is also at work in Libya, especially around Benghazi. Spanish and French leaders are now labeling the new AQIM strongholds in Mali and Libya the gravest threats to regional stability in more than a decade.

Update: The Advisory Review Board report, investigating the security shortfalls in Benghazi before and during the 9/11/12 attack, on which we’ve all been waiting is now complete, by the way — the unclassified portions will be released this week, and Clinton’s deputies will be testifying on its contents. But, if the House and Senate panels still feel the need to talk with Clinton to get to the bottom of the situation, the State Department is claiming that they will “be open” to continuing to engage in ongoing conversation… whatever that means, exactly?

An independent review of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya is complete, the State Department announced Monday.

The Independent Advisory Review Board completed its report and presented it to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this morning, department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. …

According to the State Department, the report will be released to leaders on Capitol Hill this week. Review board chairs Thomas Pickering and Adm. Mike Mullen will brief House and Senate leaders about the report in a closed-door Wednesday meeting.


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Don’t hold your breath waiting.

kingsjester on December 17, 2012 at 5:06 PM

sometime in 2046 ….

conservative tarheel on December 17, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Might I ask why is this process dragging on so long?

Pretty simple. They’re trying to drag this on for so long that people lose interest(assuming they ever hear about it in the first place). I hate to say it, but it’ll probably work. Obama already managed to bury it long enough so that it didn’t hurt him in the election. Now with the fiscal cliff and the effort to ban guns…errrr, have a national dialogue on gun control, most Americans will be too preoccupied with other issues to focus on Benghazi.

Doughboy on December 17, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Death-bed confession perhaps?

Pork-Chop on December 17, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Might I ask why is this process dragging on so long? There is much too much dithering going on in the Obama administration for comfort

They have no intention of answering questions or being held accountable. It’s the same as with Fast and Furious.

This administration is corrupt. It is dangerous.

Four more years…… Oh, and then we can all entertain the Hildebeast for a run for POTUS?

No, thanks. I think I’ll sneak over the southern border and head south. It can’t be any more corrupt there than it is here.

Cody1991 on December 17, 2012 at 5:10 PM

“…but there are still questions about Benghazi that needs answering for which Secretary Clinton and Barack Obama are liable.”

LOLOL

*wipes a tear*

Yeah, I remember when we used to have that thing called “rule of law”, and public officials were ‘liable’ for their misdeeds.

Yeah, good times – good times.

Midas on December 17, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Do you really have to ask why they are dragging this out?

Progressive Heretic on December 17, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Grammar Nazi Alert

Erica, the line

but there are still questions about Benghazi that needs answering for

should read: …but there are still questions about Benghazi that need answering for…

Sorry – once an editor, always an editor. I enjoy your writing style, though!

chelie on December 17, 2012 at 5:12 PM

State Dept: Clinton may be up for testifying on Benghazi, in the future

Subpoena her, and if she doesn’t show up, arrest her and throw her in jail.

On the tragic loss of 20 innocent children.

SWalker on December 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Isn’t it ironic that Obama’s calling for more safety and security in our schools (by way of gun control) but he can’t keep our diplomats safe in Libya?

Keeping our diplomats safe is legitimately part of the government’s responsibility and something he could have done all on his own. Funny that.

But back to Clinton. What ill will befall her on her next scheduled time before Congress? Serious case of hang nails?

LetsBfrank on December 17, 2012 at 5:20 PM

The State Department has been rather waffly on whether or not Secretary Clinton will indeed testify on the attacks, although she was reportedly meant to testify at meetings this week — but the State Department is now saying that an illness and a fall she sustained last week mean she won’t be able to make it for the time being.

This is such total Bull$hit. Hill has been unavailable, out of town, out of country since Benghazi hit the news.

She is NEVER going to testify on this, and if she does, she will lie as usual.

If anyone thinks the questions will be answered or if the people with blood on their hands will answer, you’re naive.

It will not happen.

Look forward to more distractions and the opportunity to vote for the most miserable, unaccomplished, anti-feminist, bull$hit artist of anyone’s life in 2016….. Hill. What a disgusting creature.

Cody1991 on December 17, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I wonder how many bottles of gin a night Hillary is putting down these Benghazi days. She is looking more and more like an old unkempt drunk. In between bottles she probably holds her hands over her eyes and chants, “You can’t see me! You can’t see me! You can’t see me!”

BTW, isn’t “stomach flu” often used as a euphemism for hung over? And “concussion” for falling down drunk?

VorDaj on December 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM

It would be nothing but lies anyway.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tigVYfHVmQ

docflash on December 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Gotta see this! Under oath and will she have a ‘headache’ that needs attention to put this on hold again if she gets questions that puts her more than ample hind end accountable? But she is the front runner in 2016 and can do no wrong?
L

letget on December 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM

BTW, isn’t “stomach flu” often used as a euphemism for hung over? And “concussion” for falling down drunk?

VorDaj on December 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Sure it is. Everyone knows it.

As corrupt as the Clintons are, it’s impossible to imagine that their transgressions are haunting them.

If Hill is covering her eyes and wondering about anything, it’s only to figure out if she can sober up enough to do what BJ wants her to do….. run in 2016 and torture the American public for a few more years.

Most Anti-feminist woman in the world. And a total beotch.

Cody1991 on December 17, 2012 at 5:30 PM

There is a long history behind Hillary that bears consideration. Her radical roots at Wellesly College, as a devout follower of Alynski, involvement in the White Water organized crime scandal, the death of Vince Foster, her blatant disregard for the process of open limited government in regards to her involvement in secrecy surrounding the government run health care system she attempted to institute as First Lady behind closed doors, her absconding and subsequent disappearance of 250 million dollars from the troubled World Children’s Fund, which coincidentally coincided with her entry into representative politics in a state she never lived in for a senatorial seat, then we get to the really nasty aspects of her treason, Operation Fast and Furious and her hawking of the 90% rule, on how 90% of all guns used by the Mexican drug cartels where obtained at US gun shops, a system of lies and actions, designed to invent a crisis to support the meme of further gun control, which to date has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people, an operation that could only be signed off directly by her Dept of State, a very serious case of allowing thousands of arms to walk across the border into Mexico. Then there is the Keystone Pipeline, which through the jurisdiction of the Dept of State and executive privilege, has been stonewalled into oblivion. Her behind the scenes involvement in the UN small arms treaty. There remain many intimations of her involvement in a wide range of suspicious and dubious events, all of which point to a pattern of corruption, high crimes and misconduct, both monetarily and morally, a veritable trail of sinister bread crumbs. Her State Dept is a nest of Dhimmitude, hostile to the sovereign state of Israel, hostile to the sovereign nature of the American people themselves.
Hostile, a mortal foe to Liberty itself.
Only as a ruling class psychopath can.

And now, after all the transgressions and crimes, this ruling elite crook in a pantsuit receives another pass, to avoid having been caught, again, red handed for terrible things she has been responsible for. The outright treachery and unaccountability of these people is beyond the pale. If she and her kind think they are fooling everyone they are greatly mistaken. It is their kind and the corruption they are directly responsible for that have created the mess the world is in now.
It is far past time these monsters are gone.

RasThavas on December 17, 2012 at 5:30 PM

The furor seems to have died down somewhat as the day of the fiscal-cliff deadline draws closer, and since UN Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from the running for Hillary Clinton’s successor as secretary of State; but there are still questions about Benghazi that needs answering for which Secretary Clinton and Barack Obama are liable.

I don’t know why. Clinton, Barky and a raft of others deserve to be impeached or otherwise removed from their positions because of it and many of them prosecuted for serious crimes – including the lying and stonewalling that they actively and enthusiastically took part in, including these fake faints by Clinton and the premature firing of Petraeus to get him to not testify.

The GOP on the Hill is absolutely useless. They have been faced with the most serious criminal ever in the White House (by leaps and bounds) and yet they have done exactly NOTHING. The only people that have been removed from this treacherous administration of America-haters has been done by talk show hosts and others outside while the Hill GOP sits around and twirls their fingers.

Idiots.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Clearly she doesn’t want to testify, subpoena her.

SC.Charlie on December 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Actually not.
 
lostmotherland on December 17, 2012 at 5:00 PM

rogerb on December 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I remember how the news reported that she was so ill that she fainted and fell. Lord knows I faint and fall all the time when I have the flu.

Oh wait. None of that is true. My bad.

TexasDan on December 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Hillary has learned well from John Effin Kerry. 3 purple hearts and not one night in a hospital and only a bandaid on a finger.

Hillary supposedly fell and suffered a concussion, never went to the hospital but she CAN’T testify? I’m calling BS.

McCain Hater on December 17, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Say…don’t concussions sometimes cause amnesia? Hmm…

Knott Buyinit on December 17, 2012 at 5:44 PM

I don’t think President Revenge Transparency is done with his investigation yet, Is he ?

I think he still is using his laser on finding out Who Gave the stand order, to allow those Americans to just die without any help.

FlaMurph on December 17, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Just imagine a witness under subpoena in a trial telling the court they won’t be able to make it but they look forward to a “continuing conversation” with the prosecutor’s office at some point in the future.

I was not aware that the SOS testifying before a Congressional committee investigating the killing of an ambassador on her watch was a decision left solely to her.

Is it any wonder people merely shake their heads at the impotent Congress and the endless games they play, thinking we don’t notice?

IndieDogg on December 17, 2012 at 5:45 PM

If she had not been ill, she would be there.

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Doesn’t matter, she bumped her head. Had a concussion and memory loss. Can’t remember a thing about Benghazi.

Pathetic.

petefrt on December 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Clearly she doesn’t want to testify, subpoena her.

SC.Charlie on December 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Ding ding ding.

petefrt on December 17, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Drink heavily, fall down, hit your head, get off scot-free.

Sounds like a drunken master plan.

profitsbeard on December 17, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Clearly she doesn’t want to testify, subpoena her.

Would bho do what he did with holder the ep thing? Can’t have bho involved in anything now can we? This thing will drag on as long as F&F has, zero being done and zero held accountable!
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letget on December 17, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Hillary Clinton is a coward. And even if she did testify, who would believe a word she said? All she wants to do at this point is go home and sit on her rosy red a$$ and wait until all the ignorant fools forget what a feckless rump she is and vote her in as the next president, just like they did the feckless rump in office right now.

scalleywag on December 17, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Well I would have testified except that I had a tummy ache and then fall down and go boom. I would have gone on all the Sunday morning talk shows and explained about what happened in Benghazi ‘cept I figured someone else could take the heat instead of poor me.

What a pathetic loser she is.

scalleywag on December 17, 2012 at 6:02 PM

“Since I fell and hit my head, I don’t recall…

… but did you hear some people think I should run for President in 2016?” – Cankles

Seven Percent Solution on December 17, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Hillary Clinton is a coward. And even if she did testify, who would believe a word she said?

scalleywag on December 17, 2012 at 5:57 PM

scalleywag,

With all respect, I think you are missing a bigger point. Hillary Clinton cannot testify without going the way of her husband when it comes to perjury and an end to her Presidential aspirations (pipe dream IMO). Susan Rice lied her ass off on five Sunday talk shows but on 9/12/12 Hillary Clinton lied her ass off with the same story with details like the loving Libyans gently taking Ambassador Stevens to the hospital for treatment. We know in subsequent testimony that this was nothing but a lie. State Department knew what was going on in real time. They may have not seen the actual sodomization and death of Ambassador Stevens but to go out there a few hours later and call it the result of a bad movie review was clearly a lie. Hillary Clinton’s illness is nothing more than a case of Benghazi.

Happy Nomad on December 17, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Clearly she doesn’t want to testify, subpoena her.

SC.Charlie on December 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

At which point she’ll liken herself to Stephen Hopkins being forced to attend the Second Continental Congress.

Happy Nomad on December 17, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Seven Percent Solution on December 17, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Haha. Good one *clink*

SparkPlug on December 17, 2012 at 7:14 PM

and lets see….she’ll now have memory lapses on critical questions. All she’ll be able to mumble will be “Monica…Monica….”

johnnyU on December 17, 2012 at 7:47 PM

They could issue a subpoena, but all she ever says under oath is “I don’t recall.”

SukieTawdry on December 17, 2012 at 8:03 PM

When she comes too and they ask the hard questions under oath–”I can’t remember” is the default Hillary answer.

Maybe that dodging that sniper fire has caused mental blocks?

Don L on December 17, 2012 at 8:11 PM

As required for just about every other employee…she’d damn well better have a doctor’s note when she walks in.

Concussion?

No hospital?

No EMT?

Sounds like the most amateurish attempt to fabricate a reason for not being able to remember anything at all about Benghazi or Ben Gazarra or Big Ben or Big Bird.

I call shenanigans.

coldwarrior on December 17, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Clearly she doesn’t want to testify, subpoena her.

SC.Charlie on December 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Barry will EP it like he did for Holder on Fast and Furious. I suspect this independent(cough) report coming out will protect the prinipals to a large extent..

a capella on December 17, 2012 at 9:13 PM

principals

a capella on December 17, 2012 at 9:14 PM

…will she wear a blue dress?

KOOLAID2 on December 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Prediction: The concussion will have caused her to have forgotten the most crucial 18 minutes of the Benghazi matter.

The Rogue Tomato on December 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Just drag Hillary’s fat ass in to testify.
I am just waiting to hear the concussion wiped out her memory on all things Bengazi.
I loathe this woman.

SmallGovtGuy on December 18, 2012 at 8:04 AM

She hasn’t finished rehearsing her lies yet.

Dexter_Alarius on December 18, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Criminals like mobsters and IL governors often use the pretext of poor health as a dodge trying to avoid judgement day.

If she has to keep having major health issues – that don’t require any medical attention, apparently – then that’s the way it’ll be.

She should be careful she doesn’t have any health issues like her old Whitewater pals.

MarkT on December 18, 2012 at 9:24 AM

A concussion; stomach virus. Right.

Perhaps next time it will conflict with her Eleanor Roosevelt meeting?

TimBuk3 on December 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM

As usual no outrage from the press. If a Republican man had made such an excuse, the MSM would be all over this farce. But because Hillary is a Democrat and a delicate WOMAN ……………. nothing.

SC.Charlie on December 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Maybe the oversight comittee should rephrase it as, “Are you sure you don’t want to be present to defend yourself…..”

tom on December 18, 2012 at 7:44 PM